Police: Tragic Doncaster crash ‘will touch an awful lot of young people’

Mourners pay tribute to five teenagers who died following a crash in Conisbrough on Saturday.
Mourners pay tribute to five teenagers who died following a crash in Conisbrough on Saturday.
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Police have described the crash which killed five teenagers as a tragedy that will ‘touch an awful lot of young people’.

Inspector Pete Serhatlic said the collision which killed five teenagers on the A630 Balby Road, near Conisbrough, was ‘devastating’ and ‘difficult to manage’.

He said: “Obviously our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and friends of the deceased at this sad time, which is what it is.

“It was pretty devastating to be honest. It was a bad place to be and it’s a difficult thing to manage.

“I think this is magnified by the fact them four of them are pupils at the same college and the fifth was an ex-pupil so there’s an extremely wide circle of people within that college that knew them.

“Sadly, it’s going to touch an awful lot of young people.”

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and released on police bail.

Insp Serhatlic added: “The investigation is ongoing. We have a rough timeline of events, but it’s filling in that timeline now.

“The thoughts of the whole of South Yorkshire Police go out to all the families and friends that have been touched by this incident

“If anybody recalls seeing a black Vauxaull Corsa, or a blue Toyota Carolla travelling down the A630 Balby Road towards Conisbrough at about 9.30pm on Saturday night, however trivial they think the information is, please get in touch.”

The crash happened close to where three teenagers aged 14, 15, and 16 died after the car they were in hit a tree in January 2011,

Faded memorials from that tragedy are still visible on a nearby tree.

Insp Serhatlic said: “It’s the second multiple fatality within a short space of time but it’s not really a location where you consistently get road traffic collisions of a serious nature.

“It’s just that the ones you do get on that stretch of road seem to, unfortunately, involve multiple deaths.

“It’s a national speed limit road but it’s not one that picks up RTCs on a daily or weekly basis.

“Undoubtedly it was foggy. I was out going to the scene and sometimes the visibility was down to 30 or 35 metres, so it was patchy fog. The fog in places was dense.

“Whether that had a bearing on the incident – it’s too early to say.”

* Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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